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Lehigh County prisoner dies; cause of death not yet known

Published On: Feb 28 2013 04:27:42 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 28 2013 06:25:56 PM EST

A prisoner from Lehigh County Prison died in the hospital Thursday after being taken to the hospital the night before.

According to Edward Sweeney, director of corrections at the prison, Alphie Herrera was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Wednesday night after experiencing what appeared to be a medical seizure. 

Sweeney said Herrera, 39, became combative with personnel who responded after the seizure.  After Herrera was subdued, he was taken to the facility medical department for evaluation.


Herrera was then transported to the hospital shortly before 7:00pm. 

The Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death, according to Sweeney.